Small Business

Repetition Can Blind You to the Obvious

Like it or not, every business has things that need to be done over and over. Despite the necessity, this repetition can blind you to the obvious. Think about it. When something is repeated enough there is a tendency to operate on autopilot, and when we do that it is easy to Read the rest of this entry »

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Stop Learning at Your Own Peril

Learning is a never-ending endeavor. Either your deliberately learn or you stop learning at your own peril. In the blog Be Willing to Experiment I discussed the important of accepting that change occurs and being the catalyst for the change we desire. Continuous learning is part of the process of being a catalyst for favorable change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Experiment

In my last posting Be Willing to Entertain What Seems Impossible I discussed the importance of learning to turn off negative, defeatist thinking and take on some challenges that at first may seem completely impossible.

Like it or not you and your surroundings are going to change. The question is, “Do you have any control over the change?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Strive to Identify Competitors’ Weaknesses

We sometimes get overly concerned about what our competitors are doing. Maybe what they’re not doing may matter more.

Why What They’re Not Doing?

In the blog Don’t Attack Your Competitors’ Strengths we looked briefly at why attacking strengths may not be such a great idea, especially if your competitors are much larger. One example was trying to compete on prices with a large company that has far more purchasing power. That is generally a losing proposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Get Blinded by Habits

It’s easy to get caught up in attitude of “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” While there is value in them, don’t get blinded by habits. Read the rest of this entry »

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Perspective Requires Multiple Views

When you are told you need a new perspective how do you respond? Some of the definitions of perspective include the state of one’s ideas and a way of picturing something spatially. So, we hear statements like, “That’s your opinion, but I have a different perspective.” There in is the rub. We have a tendency to reduce others’ perspectives to opinions. But, what if we look at this a little differently? Read the rest of this entry »

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Change and Adapt to Grow

Take some time to think about how you are now versus how you were 5, 10, 15 or more years ago. If you are like me you see someone very different. We all change and adapt to grow whether intentionally or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Starting Over is Not Always Bad

We’ve all had an occasion where we realized what we were doing was not going to work and had to start over. While frustrating, starting over is not always bad and can actually be a good thing. The key is to get over the frustration quickly and don’t carry it over as baggage in a new attempt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Honest with Customers

Good service requires that you be honest with customers even if it means you may lose some sales. Yet, despite this requirement some companies simply are unable to tell a customer that they cannot help them with their needs or even lie to get the business. I say requirement because Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Making Things Happen?

If you are a business owner are you content to just sit back and wait to see what happens next with your company? As a rule, probably not, right? But, maybe you actually do this more than you realize. Here’s what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

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